How I wish we had more of Lewis's books In His Voice. Like most Englishmen, he speaks low and without much variation so he sounds dull to the American ear. But once the American ear actually listens to him, whole rooms open up in the mind and imagination! His understated style makes his humor that much more delightful. Chuck Coulson's cloying, and completely unnecessary, introductions are useful only as contrast to the Professor's clear, concise, and insightful lessons...skip them, they say nothing that Lewis doesn't say better, and without sappy condescension.
Lewis is always worth listening to/reading. The Four Loves, however, has so much solid insight, instantly applicable to one's life while also food for much thought. It is a double value!
My favorite section is the one on Eros. Our culture is so very wrong, on so many levels, about this kind of love, and the resulting heartache and disappointment is so unnecessary. A little time spent listening to Lewis unravel the rat's nest we've made of love could correct expectations and lead to much more satisfying relationships.
I listen to this series of lectures often, while painting, cooking, driving, doing computer games. Every time I find some new insight that I missed earlier. I recommend all of his writings - they are good food for the brain and fertile soil for the soul.
I listened to this over a weekend.
In this short work he covers the four types of love: affection, friendship/companionship, romantic and charity. In his usual rational, clear and easy to follow way he goes over each clarifying their true nature, value, and the dangers to watch out for (natural isn't always right). It should go without say but this is Christian view but I think anyone will benefit from it.
This is one of those reads which everyone can relate to and will relate to different sections based on where they are in life. I tried to bookmark the insightful passages for later review but I practically ended up marking the whole chapter. I will definitely be rereading it in the future.
C.S. Lewis does a masterful job of explaining the role of all 4 kinds of love, within their bounds, and how they can remain true only when subject to the Ultimate Being of Love. My personally favorite moment: when Lewis describes how God, in need of nothing and only because He IS Love, decided to breathe us into existence, knowing even then that the crucifixion would be necessary. Well worth a read, and a special treat to hear the only existing recording of C.S. Lewis' voice adds a special touch.
I am a slow reader in comparison to others who read frequently, I take my time and absorb the story. I focus in on details and I remember those that stand out. I love adventure stories and non fiction.
didn't really need the tint commentary but it was sparse and does interruot so it's no reason not to purchase this audio book
Like all of the books written by cs lewis this one is very interesting in the way it divides love up into several parts and teaches how they each interact. finished really quick went back and read it over and over again.
Wonderful to hear Lewis' own voice in expounding the natures of love as it is found, and in explaining the meanings behind the Greek words that are translated into "love" in our own New Testament scriptures.
I think it was rather presumptuous of Charles Coulson (sp.?) to think to provide commentary on such as this. Neither Coulson nor I nor most of the world is equipped to explain Lewis better than he does himself.
I understand the zeal to share Lewis and one's own personal interpretation thereof. But that interpretation is bound to be more helpful to and more germane to the world as one encounters it oneself than to those of anyone else. They are specific to oneself. And Lewis's work speaks for itself.
I also don't find any need to be prodded to discuss his works. They are vital and clear enough on their own that a desire to discuss them follows as naturally as a desire for the Lord. Any outside interference is rather irksome and in fact obscures personal interpretation of, and, thus, inspiration derived from, the works themselves.